Blues & Boogie Woogie School: Comping Pattern #1

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Blues and Boogie Woogie improvisation is not just about soloing. It’s also about having a diverse set of comping styles in your bag.

This lesson is an opportunity to get familiar with some chord voicings for the “big three” chords (I-IV-V) and to work on your left-right coordination. It works great at medium to fast tempos. By the way, the left hand here is sometimes called the “chop”.


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Study-Practice Notes…

  • Don’t forget to shuffle the dotted quarters and eighth notes.
  • Technique: Never throw your hands at the keys. Use a prepared attack and let gravity drop the weight of your arms/hands/fingers into each chord with just enough support to keep your hands and fingers from collapsing.
  • No flams between the left and right hands!

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